Hi, Been fighting with this for a long time and have narrowed my issues down to one item... How to use a iso image file to install a guest os with centos6? I installed centos6 with the virt host package. According to few obscure sites virt-install cannot use local media iso to install guests. With virt-manager I was able to use the same iso to make a guest, but I do not want the gui on the server. I tried mounting, umounting it..I tried using dd to bring the bootable iso from the cdrom. the issue I think, but not sure, is the use of the console directive with virt-install. It appears --extra-args="console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200" works fine when using --location, but not --cdrom Unfortunately '--location" will ignore the path provided for the local iso and want to go to a url, an nfs, a virtual hard drive or cdrom....thus not able to install from local media. However, the text installer does come up. when using "--cdrom" and use location to the different ISO's I added the console will not come up as the --extra-args="console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200" is ignored I assume. I cannot believe that the only way to install a guest on my machine is to use the desktop gui or a remote iso only. There has to be a way to install via the local iso... I have tried about 40 times with different ideas, even playing with the files on the mounted bootable iso. However, the console only works with --location thus unusable.....sigh. any help appreciated. here is just a basic example of my attempts virt-install --name test --ram=1024 --vcpus=1 --prompt --nographics --location=/backups/backup1/centos6.iso --extra-args="console=tty0 console=ttyS0,115200" I do not want VNC since again, that is not part of the normal install and is again asking me to use a remote computer to install on my local one, which is just not right. There must be a way to install on my local computer, from my local computer, from local file, a local guest.... isn't there?